Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Manager, Finance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great CFO, great product, cereal, pretzels, popcorn, no more pros really but I have glass door is forcing me to write 20 words.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, no compassion, management doesn't listen, they work you to death

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of any upper management staff that causes 6 people to quit in two months. Obviously something is wrong!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Tesla is a sweat shop managed by people who have no idea how to run a automobile manufacturing plant.
    Elon comeback!

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stock Options if you started early enough to get any

    Cons

    Long hours fixing serious problems generated by incompetent IT programmers and production management.
    Rediscovering the wheel daily...Things other all car companies worked out in the 80s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out Elon will come back campout and clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    stay away from this company, extremely hard working condition, high rate of injury , management don't care about employe

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    free healthcare, free coffee, soda. tesla perk are goood

    Cons

    extreme dangerous hard working condition. management don't care about employee working condition. over work employee high rate of injury. all the employee look like a zombie walking due to exhausted working condition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    neeed to focus on the injury and working condition of associate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. It's A Trap!!

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free cereal in cafeterias, PTO and paid holiday.

    Cons

    The feelings of meaningless drab start to feel all to real when the free cereal in the cafeteria high fades off. Coworkers will constantly remind you they couldn't get another job and that is why they came to TESLA with both their words and actions. You get to watch awesome talks about how big the company will be some day then realize the only reason GM Ford or Toyota haven't crushed this place yet is because the government subsidized purchases protect the horrible efficiency and seemingly oblivious team leads and supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you ask a manager where their employees are during a shift and they couldn't tell you what they did for a month because after achieving production everyone just texts or wanders away, it means you have a problem. Stop allowing self appointed leaders from scaring out talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Stressed Contractor

    Current Employee - Labview Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Labview Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Company is innovative and has plenty of resources available for growth. I only had a few weeks to get involved and not enough time to really comment here.

    Cons

    No management of contract staff. Most staff seem to be under a lot of pressure to get things done with not much time to interact with new team members. In other words, my supervisor did not take time to introduce me to Tesla's methods of starting a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to (1 to 3) days to orient new contractors to the Tesla Company way of doing things. Learning curve is complicated by no interaction with required staff.

  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Worse job ever. Everyone in survival mode.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits . insurance is free but has to be to be competitive.

    Cons

    Always in reactive mode. No work life balance. Allot of money going down the drain. Most new projects don't work which increases time at work. Very frustrating for us. Promises are not kept. Most people waiting for stock to vest then they will bail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan and communicate. Take better care of your people. Ask questions before making snap judgements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Neat company full of problems.

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge company. Active R&D. Has retained some of its startup feel.

    Cons

    Quickly losing its startup values. Sub-par compensation. Impossible compensation negotiation. Discriminatory employment practices. Poor ergonomics lead to workplace injuries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retake Tesla's orientation course in its desired company culture. We are all adults on the same team. Take worker safety more seriously. Don't brush off safety concerns and ask employees to perform unsafe acts without consideration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful

    sexy company with innovative product. but employees are treated like machines with no rewards

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    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Sexy company with innovative product with great vision

    Cons

    The company has no concerns for the employees' well-beings. They treat their employees as machines and devote no resource or time to career development or their well-beings. It's common to be working 70 to 80 hours a week and management has no respect for your personal life. Texts or emails on the weekend are a norm. Pay is extremely under market considering that it's a palo alto based company and the # of hours everyone puts in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees better. devote more resource and focus on career development and their well being. people want to work for you now because it's a hot and sexy product but it will wear off soon. By then your good employees will move onto the next big thing or one that pays and treats their employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Limited Attention to Quality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People who work there are great. Lots of office perks like free vending machine drinks, company stock options.

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime, 16 hours a day, 7 days a week on a "salary" which means no overtime pay. Too many chiefs and not enough indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the quality of products received from vendors, pay vendors on time, treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Building pyramids in modern times...

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible benefits for a price.

    Cons

    If you love life, do not work here! There's no such thing as work/life balance. 10-12 hours, 5-6 days a week. If you dare to only work your scheduled 8 hour shift, supervisor and leads will add more to your plate, making it impossible to complete all your daily duties within an 8 hour span. They ask you to forfeit your days off to work overtime and if you dare decline, they will intimidate you and make you feel guilty in front of your coworkers. 30 minute rest periods are misleading because it takes 5-10 minutes alone to walk to the break room and another 5-10 minutes to walk back to your work area, so in reality, you have 10 minutes to sit down and eat your food. Parking is horrible. It takes 20-30 minutes to find a parking spot. So be sure to show up at the factory an hour before your shift starts or they'll fire you for being late. The company doesn't drug test which makes me believe that's the people I deal with who have "sniffles" and a high amount of energy on a daily basis do not have a cold. There are some people who wear an excessive amount of cologne with a hint of a "skunk's" smell but I doubt they were sprayed by a skunk moments before clocking in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You ask your employees to be flexible but we ask you not to break us. We do not want to be modern day slaves. I dare you to drug test all of your employees from top to bottom and you'd be surprised to how many people will fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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